JESUS AND MARY

JESUS AND MARY

Muslims overwhelmingly revere Jesus (AS) and believe that he was born to the Virgin Mary through an act of the Creator (God), just as Adam (as) is believed to have been created without a father or mother. The Qur’an describes his conception and birth, as well as his many miracles such as healings of the sick. The Qur’an also emphasises that Jesus (as) was a great prophet of Allah swt (God), as well as a messenger who received divine revelation, but that he was, like all other prophets, only a human being. While Muslims greatly revere prophet Jesus (as), Christmas is generally considered a Christian holiday (the date of 25th December is widely now known to be inaccurate with respect to the birthday of Jesus (as)) and not a part of Muslim cultures.

Muslims believe that Mary (as) (Maryam in Arabic) is the Virgin Mother of the Prophet Jesus (as). An entire chapter in the Qur’an is named after her. The chapter called Mary (Maryam) and other verses in the Qur’an emphasise her piety, righteousness, and status as an exemplar for all people, male and female.

The Qur’an describes her as the greatest of all women: “Allah chose and preferred her above all the women of the worlds.” (Qur’an, 3: 42)